Stains can happen! There are many reasons as to why we may end up getting stains on our clothes and that’s okay. However, managing stains on leather jackets can be tricky. That is why it’s imperative to know what to do in case of such an occurrence. We’re here to help you know the right way to take care of your leather jackets. Go through the steps below and be enlightened.
You must know your leather
The type of leather is a legit matter in concerns of cleaning and taking good care of your expensive leather luxuries. The type of leather dictates what cleaning method you should incorporate. Finished leather (treated leather) is covered in a protective coating. While suede and unfinished leather (untreated leather) are not. A little bit of saddle soap is fine to use on a finished leather couch, but even mild soap can be too harsh for the most sensitive leathers. If you’re not sure how your leather will react to cleaning, test your cleaning agent in a small patch or area.
Beware of DIY cleaning solutions
When it comes to leather, you’re better off using either water or cleaning products specifically designed for leather. Popular home remedies like baking soda, white vinegar, cream of tartar, and lemon juice can be harsh on delicate leathers. They may even end up making the problem even worse. These home DIY can be fatal to your leather luxuries so it’s always better to be safe than sorry and to avoid them!
Treat stains as soon as they happen
The most appropriate and best way to deal with liquid stains or stains in general is to treat them right away. You can do this by blotting as soon as it happens with a soft cloth to remove as much of the moisture as possible. Then, dab the area with a soft, damp cloth. You can also dampen a cloth with leather cleaning agent. However, if you’re using a product that comes in a spray bottle, spray it onto the cloth first. Most people make the mistake of applying directly onto the surface of the leather. Don’t rub, or you could leave a water stain. Blot again with a dry cloth.
Moisturizing is essential
There may be some leftover effects once you’ve treated the leather luxury with a cleaning agent. In this case, blotting its always reasonable. It’s better to use a moisturizer or a leather goods conditioner to fill in and smoothen out any worn offs happened during the process. The moisturizer helps in evening out the surface and provides a good moistening shine.
Dry-clean difficult stains
Grease stains, ink stains, and makeup stains that don’t come clean after gentle spot-cleaning may need to be professionally cleaned. Otherwise if over rubbed the stains may get scattered and more absorbed into the fabric, making it permanently stained.
Time heals some wounds
Leather is a remarkably durable material, and sometimes just letting the leather absorb the stain is the best option. However, it’s important to note that it may take weeks or even months.
Store leather goods properly
Keep your leather goods in a dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent mildew and discoloration. Another way to store your leather luxuries is to wrap them in moisture lock sheets for better longevity of the product. To help leather bags keep their shape, stuff them with a clean towel and store them in a dust bag. Hang leather jackets on sturdy hangers away from sunlight or damp atmosphere.
Now that you know the essential steps, we wish you the very best in taking care of your jackets!